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Galveston, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 41
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,723
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 700
Committable Meeting Rooms* 36
Convention Center Space 140,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 43,100 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 15,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $106
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $300
*Maximum for a single hotel

Galveston, TX Meeting Planning Overview

Galveston's popularity as a meeting and tourism destination stems in part from its accessible location. Just 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston visitors can easily take advantage of the Houston area's two major airports, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the William P. Hobby Airport. The former offers non-stop or direct flights to over 175 domestic and international destinations, while the latter runs non-stop service to more than 30 U.S. destinations on five passenger airlines, including the affordable and popular Southwest. Its location near major thoroughfares, including I-45, makes driving to Galveston a hassle-free option for guests traveling from other major destinations in Texas.

Upon arrival, Galveston welcomes travelers with over 5,000 hotel rooms that can meet every budget and preference, from quaint seaside B&Bs to deluxe luxury resorts. Find over 119 elegant guest rooms at The Tremont House, a historic piece of Victorian architecture in the heart of Galveston's Strand District. Here, 19th century charm meets 20th century amenities, including the serene Rooftop Terrace from which guests can watch the sun set over Galveston's port. Or visit the recently renovated Hotel Galvez, built in 1911, whose 224 rooms have welcomed such elite clientele as Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra.

Hotels in Galveston provide not just a venue to rest and relax, but also a space to get down to business. Several of the city's properties boast spacious and well-equipped meeting space. Meanwhile, in addition to its lavish accommodations and world-class spa, The San Luis Resort can really get down to business. Its 40,000-square-foot conference center is a fully accredited IACC meeting facility, offering 22 rooms and a full-service business center.

Also on the grounds of The San Luis Resort is one of Texas' most popular convention facilities, the Galveston Island Convention Center. With a beachfront setting and spectacular views of the Gulf, the convention center is ideal for exhibits, association meetings, banquets and more. Its two levels encompass 43,100 square feet of exhibit space, 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a 15,500-square-foot ballroom. The 140,000-square-foot center's facilities are matched by world-class amenities, which include complimentary shuttle service to and from contracted hotels, complimentary on-site parking and wireless Internet access.

When it comes to unique venues for post-convention galas or dinners, Galveston does not disappoint. Host an event in true Texas fashion at one of the city's many historic homes and mansions, such as the 1859 Ashton Villa, 1838 Michel B. Bernard Home or 1861 Custom House. Let meetings take flight at the Lone Star Flight Museum, which offers a backdrop of more than 30 restored aircraft for events of up to 1,500 guests. Or treat guests to an evening of dinner and dancing on the water, aboard the paddlewheel. Companies such as Baywatch Harbor Tours and Galveston Harbor Tours offer private charter options for team building excursions and company parties.

The shipping, finance, health care and tourism industries make up the backbone of Galveston's economy. The city is home to the headquarters of American National Insurance Company, one of the largest life insurance companies in the country, and also serves as the home port to two Carnival Cruise Lines ships and to Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas. Galveston also boasts one of the largest teaching hospitals in the state, found at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

About Galveston, TX / Additional Info

From 32 miles of beachfront to relaxing resorts to incredible architecture, Galveston has all the elements of a top beach destination. Situated just 40 minutes southeast of the 4th largest city in Texas, this quaint island is a romantic retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, welcoming guests of all ages with true Southern hospitality. Having experienced the most deadly natural disaster in American history, the Hurricane of 1900, and in 2008 by Hurricane Ike, Galveston perseveres with an enduring spirit and never-ending pride in its community.

As visitors explore this 32-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide island, they are likely to first note the stunning 19th century architecture lining the streets. In fact, Galveston is home to one of the largest and best-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States. Stop by the 1869 Ashton Villa or 1895 Moody Mansion to experience how some of Galveston's wealthiest residents lived in the 20th century. Or, stop by The Grand 1894 Opera House, Texas' oldest theater. Here, guests can catch everything from Broadway plays to performances by the Galveston Symphony Orchestra.

Galveston's colorful heritage is also strongly tied to the sea, having been one of the largest ports in the country during the 19th century. Today visitors can delve into Galveston's past the Texas Seaport Museum, which explores both its legacy of seaborne commerce and its role as the "Ellis Island of the West" through various exhibits and programs. The museum is also home to the historic 1877 tall ship ELISSA, which sailed for 90 years carrying cargo to ports around the world.

In addition to learning about Galveston's ties to the sea, visitors can actually experience it themselves. A number of tour boats operate around Galveston Harbor, offering a chance for waterfront sightseeing and scenery. Guests can hop aboard the Colonel triple-deck paddlewheeler, one of the largest to ever set sail in the area. On the Baywatch Harbor Tours, visitors may even spot some friendly dolphins in addition to sights such as a World War II submarine and the bustling ship channel. Or, book a spot on Galveston Duck Tours, which provide a unique mix of both land and sea exploration.

A relaxing meal is the perfect follow-up to a long day on the water, and luckily Galveston offers a plethora of outstanding restaurants. Its dining options range from gourmet international fare to local favorites that make the most of freshly-caught Gulf seafood. Try straight-from-the-sea specialties at restaurants such as Shearn's, Fisherman's Wharf or Saltwater Grill, Cajun flavors at Gumbo Bar, or Mexican delights at Apache Mexican Cuisine. Diners should always save room for dessert, with local favorites such as homemade pecan pie and cakes taking a place on the menus of several eateries.

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